Colourful and vibrant, Ottawa’s ByWard Market (55 Byward Market Square, Ottawa ON) encompasses everything from an outdoors farmer’s market to restaurant patios, boutique shops and even nightlife. It is a top destination for both locals and visitors to the capital city.
Just a few blocks east of Parliament Hill, near the National Gallery of Art and the Royal Canadian Mint, “The Market” is easily accessible by walking, taking transit or by car (there is a substantial amount of parking available nearby – over 3,100 spots).
The outdoors farmer’s market is open 365 days a year, from 6am up to 6pm (hours can vary depending on the weather and from stand to stand). Besides the fresh produce there are often a number of arts and craft merchants. It includes over 260 stands and over 500 businesses.
Restaurants nearby vary from casual to upscale, with many chefs shopping for local produce right in the heart of the market. Pubs include The Chateau Lafayette – Ottawa’s oldest tavern, established in 1849.
The ByWard Market is the setting for many festivals and events, including Tastes of ByWard, the Winterlude Stew Cook-Off, and Oktoberfest.
For a quieter scene away from the main crowds, check out the Sussex courtyards nearby.
One of Canada’s oldest and largest markets, the ByWard Market was established in 1826. An interesting history of the market can be found here.
Averaging about 50,000 visitors on a summer weekend, it’s one of Ottawa’s most visited attractions.
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